#ManiMonday: Nail This Haunted Halloween Manicure

By  October 13, 2014

It’s the spookiest time of the year! We’re getting festive as All Hallow’s Eve approaches with a haute haunted manicure to show off the scary spirit. To get these detailed digits, we turned to L.A.’s MARS the Salon. Here’s a step-by-step guide to transforming your tips into something terrifying.


Start by applying the base coat to all the nails before adding a coat of yellow to the thumb and ring finger, a coat of light blue on the index finger and the pinky, and a coat of orange on the middle finger.


For the thumb: Begin with a sheer brown color applied to the outer part of the fingernail, leaving a circle in the middle clear for both the haunted house and scaredy cat motifs. Use a flat nail-art brush to paint a black line around the gradient. Next draw the outer lines of the castle with black color inside the circle before filing it in, leaving a few windows free to let the color show through. Finish the nail by using a thin brush to paint two tiny bats.

For the index finger: Start by applying a sheer navy on the index and pinky finger and layer a darker navy hue on top to create a gradient from the cuticle down. Draw a half-moon shape with black nail color on the tip of the index finger. This serves as the base of the tree. Then use a thin nail brush to draw and fill in the tree.

For the middle finger: Apply a darker orange from the cuticle to the middle of the nail. Use a striping brush to paint curved lines in a light-brown nail polish. Grab a thin nail-art brush to paint on the eye and jagged mouth of the jack-o’-lantern in black.


For the ring finger: After creating a gradient on the nail similar to that on the thumb, use a flat nail-art brush to paint in thick lines black around the gradation on the ring finger. Outline the black cat using the thin nail brush, leaving space for the eyes. Use a small brush to fill in the black of the cat.

For the pinky: Paint on the bats with a thin nail-art brush before sealing every nail with a clear top. Happy Halloween!

Breast Cancer Awareness Products That Actually Give Back

By  October 13, 2014


Thanks to diligent efforts by brands across the board, October is doused in pink in an effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Between donating money to friends involved in the Avon Walks across the United States or buying products that give back, it’s ridiculously easy to help save the tatas. However, it’s important to take note of just how much brands are donating in their October BCA efforts. We’ve rounded up a selection of products that you can purchase in the name of breast cancer research, knowing the majority of your hard earned money is going directly to the research or programs benefiting those fighting cancer.

Helmut Lang Revisits the Fragrance Counter

By  October 10, 2014


Helmut Lang is refreshing a few of its signature scents.

The fashion house reached back into its archives to reintroduce fashion and fragrance fanatics to Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne from 2000 and Cuiron from 2002. All three scents were originally taken off the market back in 2005 but are once again available starting today at Helmut Lang stores and online. The fragrances will set you back $185 for Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne and $165 for Cuiron.

Cuiron, is a bright, leathery blend that would work with any menswear-inspired ensemble. Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne, on the other hand, both bottles notes of lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, vanilla, musk, and amber to capture the essence of a romantic rendezvous. “It’s reminiscent of the smell of sheets after a man’s been with someone,” Maurice Roucel, who originally crafted the sexy scent, told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s sensual, but in a very refined way.” 

Now that’s something to add to your holiday shopping list!

Beauty Buzz: Are Mullets Making a Comeback?, Clinique’s #TBT, and Rachel Roy’s Seasonal Sweet Escape

By  October 09, 2014

beauty-buzz-10-9-14 While pixies reigned supreme in 2013, it seems everyone is having trouble growing out the cropped coif. Some stars we’ve seen sporting the lob, but others are trying a more cringe-worthy style: the mullet. In lieu of the frightful ‘80s look, models like Lindsey Wixson and Edie Campbell are trying to bring a more ‘70s vibe to it. Regardless, we’re having trouble signing off on this one. [The New York Times]

In the ultimate #ThrowbackThursday for beauty buffs, Clinique wants you covered in Black Honey. The brand has created set of shadows, known as the A Black Honey Affair All About Shadow set, to celebrate the shade that has become a cult classic since its debut in 1971. The set features hues of light browns to deep purples that would complement any complexion just like the lippie that inspired it. [Glam Inbox]

Rachel Roy wants to take you away this holiday season. The designer has linked up with eos for its first-ever designer collaboration to curate fresh flavors inspired by some of Roy’s favorite beaches around the world, including Indian Summer (Orange Blossom), St. Barth’s Sunrise (Pink Graprefruit), and Aloha Hawaii (Strawberry Kiwi) in a 3-pack collection. Each holiday sphere will be embossed with Roy’s signature wings, reminding users to “take flight” no matter the time of year. [eos]

Fresh’s classic Crème Ancienne now has a lighter touch. The skincare essential, inspired by the world’s first cold cream, now has a whipped texture that provides 50% more hydration after 24-hours of use to leave skin feeling supple but looking firm. Co-Founder Lev Glazman explained, “Because the original Crème Ancienne is exceptionally rich, we wanted to take this level of innovation to reinvent the formula and create a revolutionary texture that would be perfect for any skin type.” [Glam Inbox]

Curious about trying soft curls? Birchbox has a fresh solution with an exclusive curler and clutch set from amika. The colorful clip-free tourmaline curler comes in a heat-resistant storage pouch that can double as a clutch. Plus, it shapes smooth spiral without any of the aggravation of classic curlers. It’s sure to be major must for season! [Glam Inbox]

It’s customary now to snap a selfie as soon as you’re finished in the stylists chair, but DreamDry and Baileys are taking it to the next level. On October 10-11, mane mavens can stop in at the salon for complimentary hair touch-ups before they step in front of TheFashionPoet.com founder Annie Vasquez’s camera. Afterwards you can sip and sample Bailey’s new Chocolate Cherry flavor at Gaslight from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m., Serafina from 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m., and cocktails at The Chester both evenings. I’ll drink to that! [Glam Inbox]

Gisele Takes a Ride on Chanel’s Surfboard

By  October 09, 2014


Gisele Bündchen is heading back to beach for her latest Chanel campaign.

Baz Luhrmann, who shot Nicole Kidman’s Chanel No. 5 clip 10 years ago, stepped behind the camera once again for the new fragrance video where we’ll see the supermodel catching a wave with her #CCertified surfboardt. Elle reports that the new commercial will be grounded in the here and now of the modern Chanel woman. But given Luhrmann’s conceptual style, we’re anticipating a sweeping story about a woman’s love of the ocean.

The first video spot will premiere on October 15 and the full-length feature will go live on Saturday, the 18. Either way, we’re ready to see Gisele hit the surf!

UPDATE: The teaser is finally here! Take a look at it below:

Nail Lupita Nyong’o's Luminous Looks

By  October 09, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o’s luminous skin and chic beauty sensibility are so enviable that Lancôme put the star’s best features forward in its campaigns. While it takes a good skincare regimen to get her signature look, her makeup artist Nick Barose is spilling a few of his secrets on how to fake it ‘til you make it. The makeup maestro linked up with Teen Vogue’ Elaine Welteroth to dish how to get Nyong’o’s Oscar winning look.


Don’t Be Afraid of Color – The award winning actress made necks snap at every awards show thanks to her love of vibrant colors, even matching her makeup to her gowns. “When you have a dark complexion don’t be afraid of color because I’ve done black lipstick on her, purple lipstick, pretty much every color of the rainbow,” Barose said in the clip. “Just have fun with it.”

Swatch to Select Your Shade – Finding your foundation shade can become a major mission if you have dark skin. “Test it along the jawline and look at it in the daylight because that’s going to tell you everything,” he advised.

Use Your Tools – Barose recommends applying foundation with a dampened BeautyBlender and blending into the skin from the center of the face outwards. He also advised against applying concealer under the eyes with your fingertips to avoid looking cakey.

Apply on the Apples – A soft flush of color is better than a ruddy cheek. Barose admits he applies a bit of powder first before applying blush to the apple of cheeks to avoid blotchiness and unnecessary contouring. “It’s not so much about contouring when it comes to darker skin,“ he explained, “Because if you try to sculpt it too much, you have to use really dark colors, and that’s when the face will start to fade away.”

Highlight, Don’t Hide – In lieu of the Kardashian-approved contour, Barose recommends use a highlighter to bring out the light on the prominent points of the face. “It’s kind of the opposite of contouring because you’re bring [the high points] forward,” he said.

Haven’t seen the video? Check it out below:



Beauty Buzz: Explore the Mind’s Beauty Ideal, Haute Halloween Hair Colors, and The Fascination with Face Masks

By  October 08, 2014


Beauty is in the mind’s eye of the beholder, according to a new art project by photographer Scott Chasserot. Called “Original Ideal,” the series features simple headshots of the subjects paired with their version of their ideal appearance. Chasserot created dozens of different versions of the headshots with photo editing software and used an EEG headset to measure the subject’s brainwaves to see which they liked most. We’d love to test-drive this idea ourselves! [The Huffington Post]

Whether you’re channeling Katy Perry or your favorite cartoon character this year, no colorful Halloween costume is complete without a funky hair hue. Redken has come to the rescue with its Color Rebel Hair Makeup, which provides a water resistant micro-coating formula that can stand up to brushing, blow drying, or flat ironing! This is already at the top of our shopping list! [Glam Inbox]

We regularly rely on face masks to rescue our skin from any bad behavior, but it turns out we’re not the only ones! Prestige face masks sales skyrocketed with $65.5 million in sales from June 2013 to June 2014, even surpassing moisturizer in the market. Along with adhering to skincare trends in Asia, most skin care savants are looking for instant gratification when it comes to flawless skin. Karen Grant, vice president and senior global industry analyst for The NPD Group explained, “New formats, and formulations that address individual needs appeal to the consumer looking to try something different without spending a fortune.” [Fashionista]

Moroccanoil is back with another wonder woman for its Inspired by Women video series. Meet Jessica O. Matthews, the co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Uncharted Play. She’s also the inventor of Soccket, a soccer ball that generates free, renewable energy through the kinetic power of play. This is one way to shine a light on something incredibly positive! [Moroccan Oil

Ding, dong, Avon calling – or rather Instagramming and Tweeting. The century old beauty brand is really getting with the times by turning their sales reps into social media marketers via its revamped website. With fresh, engaging content, the team is confident beauty buffs will  translate talk into a sale. [Glam Inbox]

Editor's Pick: Dolce & Gabbana Lift Foundation

By  October 08, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

My beauty picks, much like my fashion choices, change with the season. After a summer of “baring it all,” regularly rocking no makeup (errr no-makeup-makeup), a fall wardrobe of trench coats and knee high boots requires a more polished beauty look to match. The base of such a look is, of course, foundation and my go-to choice for the season is the new Dolce & Gabbana Lift Foundation.

The product is the first in a category that the brand calls “high-performance” makeup–in other words, it combines the coverage and finish of a color cosmetic with high-tech skincare ingredients designed to improve skin health and texture over the long term. On the color side, the medium-to-full-coverage easily conceals any imperfections and blemishes and imparts a radiant finish that hides any hints of too many late night summer cocktails or weekends at the beach without adequate sunscreen. Meanwhile, anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamins and poly-peptides, actively work to combat skin damage and increase moisture levels. It turns out, this double-duty product is perfect for this time of year in more ways than one: The immediate effect is exactly what I need for a more pulled-together beauty look, but the skincare benefits from prolonged use means that my complexion will naturally look more luminous by the time spring rolls around again and I’m ready to shed layers. -Carolyn Hsu

Dolce & Gabbana Lift Foundation, $72

Pumpkin Beauty Picks Perfect for Fall

By  October 08, 2014

If you’re still mourning the end of summer, here’s something to cheer you up. The start of fall means it’s officially the season of all things pumpkin spice. While the scent (and taste) is synonymous with this time of year, there are many more way to enjoy a pop of pumpkin. With brisk winds and chilly temperatures on their way, we luckily have the autumnal gourd’s enzyme to help us shed our dry summer skin in the form of easy peels and exfoliators. Not to mention the squash’s power to repair any sun damage, leaving us with a much brighter look for the start of the new season.  Here are a few of our favorite fall-appropriate picks:


1. Arcona Pumpkin Lotion, available at Beauty.com for $35
2. Demeter Pumpkin Pie Fragrance, available at DemeterFragrance.com for $2.50-39.50
3. NEST Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Candle, available at BeautyBar.com for $34
4. The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Beach Waves Spray, available at TheGnarlyWhale.com for $12
5. Acqua di Parma Collezione Barbiere Revitalizing Eye Treatment, available at Sephora.com for $58
6. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, available at KateSomerville.com for $22
7. Purity of Elements Pumpkin Perfecter Enzyme Mask, available at Dermstore.com for $52

Beauty Buzz: Demi Lovato’s Back In Blue, Kate Walsh’s Crazy Cut Comes Back, and Olivia Munn’s Penchant for Potatoes

By  October 08, 2014


The road isn’t stopping Demi Lovato from shifting her shade back to a familiar hue. The hair color chameleon debuted freshly dyed teal blue locks on Instagram at a stop on her world tour mere weeks after recently receiving a few racing stripes on her undercut. #TealHairDontCare was her cheeky hashtag to explain the new ‘do. Excuse us while we throw on some Eiffel 65. [People]

It’s not #ThrowbackThursday yet, but Kate Walsh has a retro cut that has come back into the spotlight. The Bad Judge star shared a snap of her hair in a rounded bob from her early days in Hollywood. Hindsight is 20/20, as Walsh admitted it was “an unfortunate hair choice in the late 90s.” [Glamour]

We love snagging any celeb beauty secrets we can find, but Olivia Munn’s has us heading straight to the vegetable bins. The Newsroom star noted that noshing on Japanese potatoes help maintain hyaluronic acid levels, and, in turn, younger looking skin. While shipping the root from Asia seems a bit much, you can get that same effect from a serving of sweet potatoes (just skip the brown sugar and marshmallows until Thanksgiving). [InStyle]

After announcing Stephanie Seymour as the fresh face of Estée Lauder back in February, we finally have the first peek of her campaign. The supermodel fronts the beauty authority’s Re-Nutriv line, which fuses the benefits of a serum and moisturizer to boost collagen and reduce lines and wrinkles. “For a model to work with Estée Lauder is the pinnacle of things,” Seymore says. [Fashion Gone Rogue]